Date Added: Saturday 19 February, 2005
I was very pessimistic that this would really make that much difference to the performance on my '98 MK1 (90bhp). How wrong I was!
I have the least powerful of all the MX5s and was shocked at complexity of the stock air flow intake and its positioning. I bought a K&N panel a couple of years ago, which did seem to make a difference, though not a lot, so I really wanted something that would let my poor little engine BREATH!
Installation was interesting - make sure you read through other reviews before you get the toolkit out - and thanks to those who wrote their experiences down. Really not that hard if you just read everything twice...
Just to recap on the existing useful pointers:
- When removing the air flow meter plug, just use a small screwdriver to release the metal circlip (do not unscrew it!) - Thank you whoever that was, as this isn't on the instructions.
- When removing the AFM from the air box, you are presented with four studs, which can be removed by using two of the bolts you just took off - simply lock them together (flatest, largest end towards each other works best) on the stud, then use a 10mm spanner to remove the stud.
- Get a bowl of warm water to soak the rubber end of the new air filter in just before you put it on the new face of the AFM. Works a treat, especially when it is freezing cold and snowing outside :)
- I had a real problem with the L-shaped bracket. I wasn't really sure if it was me being a muppet, me being a bit ill, or just the standard L-bracket not fitting my model of car? Anyway, I managed to get it to fit onto the suggested post after much bending - it just wasn't going to fit anywhere else and really is required to stabilise the unit.
After fitting, I turned on the engine - not much change there :( Took it up the road for a spin - still not much (London traffic). Get onto the dual carriageway - :D What is that beautiful sound bellowing from my car? What a change! Not sure if there is a greater change due to my car being the 90bhp, or whether I'm just really used to listening to the engine. This kit really does make a huge difference to the sound and to the performance. I now no longer have to thrash the engine to get any power - the mid-range has been completely opened up, so hopefully my fuel economy will improve by spending less time in the high revs. Mind you, when you get to about 3000rpm now it all gets sooooo interesting :)
My biggest observation of all this is - why don't Mazda just fit these as standard?
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]